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BEIJING — Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, visiting Beijing this week, is expected to press China’s leaders to reduce the country’s oil imports from Iran. But Geithner is likely to find Beijing resistant to putting financial pressure on the government in Tehran.
In a briefing for reporters Monday, Cui Tiankai, the vice foreign minister responsible for U.S. relations, said that China supports global nonproliferation efforts but that trade is separate from the Iranian nuclear issue.
“The normal trade relations and energy cooperation between China and Iran have nothing to do with the nuclear issue,” Cui said. “We should not mix issues of different natures, and China’s legitimate concerns and demands should be respected.”
Geithner was born in New York City, but spent most of his childhood in other countries, including present-day Zimbabwe, Zambia, India, and Thailand where he completed high school at the International School Bangkok. He attended Dartmouth College, in the tradition of his father and paternal grandfather, graduating with an A.B. in government and Asian studies in 1983. In the process he studied Mandarin at Peking University in 1981 and at Beijing Normal University in 1982. He earned an M.A. in international economics and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in 1985. He has studied Mandarin and Japanese.
Geithner's paternal grandfather, Paul Herman Geithner (1902–1972), emigrated with his parents from the German town of Zeulenroda to Philadelphia in 1908. His father, Peter F. Geithner, was the director of the Asia program at the Ford Foundation in New York in the 1990s. During the early 1980s, Peter Geithner oversaw the Ford Foundation's microfinance programs in Indonesia being developed by Ann Dunham Soetoro, President Barack Obama's mother, and they met in person at least once. Geithner's maternal grandfather, Charles F. Moore, was an adviser to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and served as Vice President of Public Relations from 1952 to 1964 for Ford Motor Company.
Geithner married Carole Sonnenfeld on June 8, 1985, at his parents' summer home in Orleans, Massachusetts. They have two children, a daughter and a son.
"Swindler’s List" (biased opinionated article)
Geithner’s father, Peter, was a "secular Jew" and was known to periodically attend an Episcopal Church, perhaps to further his or his son’s career. The senior Geithner served as director of the Ford Foundation’s Asia program in the 1980s and was Ann Dunham’s (Barack Obama’s mother) boss and financier of her microfinance development projects in Indonesia.
Originally posted by xuenchen
Is China involved in Iran's nuclear "program" ?
China premier to visit key Mideast energy nations
China’s Premier Wen Jiabao will visit three key Middle Eastern oil and gas suppliers—Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar—from the weekend, amid signs that Beijing wants to expand its options in the face of US sanctions aimed at Iran.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said yesterday that Wen would meet host leaders, including Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, to “thoroughly exchange views on developing bilateral relations and on international and regional issues of common concern”.